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Short Description
ANF (Alpine Nginx FastCGI) base webserver.
Full Description

ANF Base Image

Nginx build on Alpine with FastCGI.

Runs init if no configurations found.
This script accepts these commands:

Command Description
init initialize directories if they're empty
daemon run in non-detached mode
start start nginx server
stop stop nginx server
quit gracefully stop nginx server
reload reloads nginx configurations
reopen reopens nginx log files
kill killall nginx
cron runs a script in cron dir
test check nginx's configuration


Initializes the server with all the necessary configurations and certificate.
Example: init 


Put nginx in the foreground so that it wouldn't stop when the container detatches.

start, stop, quit, kill

These are convenience commands when you're inside the running container use for
starting and stopping.

reload, reopen, test

When you change configurations, reload and test it.


Add a script for use with crontab by add it to <datadir>/cron (make sure it's executable)
and add this to crontab -l:

* * * * * docker exec -t <container-name> cron

Execute using docker

You can execute the script from docker commandline by using this format:

docker run -it --rm -p <port>:80 \
    -v <datadir>:/usr/share/nginx \
    -v <logdir>:/var/log/nginx \
    -v <etcdir>:/etc/nginx \
    --name anf aquaron/anf \
        <command> <args>

For example, if you'd want to initialize the server:

docker run -it --rm -p <port>:80 \
    -v <datadir>:/usr/share/nginx \
    -v <logdir>:/var/log/nginx \
    -v <etcdir>:/etc/nginx \
    --name anf aquaron/anf \

To reload the configuration after you've made some changes:

docker exec -it anf reload


Test Server

Just run the container without mapping to any local directories will start you off with
a clean test configuration pointing to a test page with a link showing that FastCGI is working.

If your host is and port is 9090 here's how to run a simple test:

docker run -p 9090:80 -h --name anf -d aquaron/anf

Point your browser to you should see a simple message with a link.
Click on that to see the FastCGI in action.


You can enter the container and use to control nginx.
To run the nginx server manually:

docker run -it -p 9090:80 --name anf --entrypoint=/bin/sh aquaron/anf

Once inside the container: test

Start Server

docker run -p <port>:80 \
    -h <hostname> \
    -v <datadir>:/usr/share/nginx \
    -v <logdir>:/var/log/nginx \
    -v <etcdir>:/etc/nginx \
    --name anf-server \
    -d aquaron/anf

-p <port>

Maps the internal port 80 to localhost's port.
If you're using anf with anle
use port 999x (starting with x is 1) to make setup easier.

-v <datadir>, -v <logdir>, -v <etcdir>

You need to map the local directories to container's to get access
to the files inside the containers:

Directory Description
<datadir> Maps to /usr/share/nginx where the HTML (data) files are
<logdir> Maps to /var/log/nginx stores log files
<etcdir> Maps to /etc/nginx configurations

--name anf

Gives this container a name for ease of access.
If you want to attach to the running container:

docker exec -it anf sh -l

-d aquaron/anf

Detatch the container and run in the background.

Control Container

Using systemd

Use the provided to install the autostart script.
Start and stop container by issuing:

systemctl start docker-anf.service
systemctl stop docker-anf.service

Manual Controls

docker create -p <port>:80 \
    -h <hostname> \
    -v <datadir>:/usr/share/nginx \
    -v <logdir>:/var/log/nginx \
    -v <etcdir>:/etc/nginx \
    --name anf-server \

docker start anf-server
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